Got a Tulsa Library card? This library system offers many amazing resources that you might not know exist!
Tulsa Library offers several unique services.
When someone pictures a library, they often think about endless bookshelves full of books. They don’t usually think about gardening, 3D printers and other tools. However, you can find all this and more at your local library!
Start your garden with help from the Seed Library.
Are you ready to start gardening? The Seed Library can provide up to five packets of seeds per season. All of the seeds provided through the library are open-pollinated and heirloom.
The library will ask but not require that you collect seeds to return to the library. The staff will help you learn how to collect seeds from the plants you grow. The seeds you return don’t have to be the same type as the seeds you checked out.
Learn programming and more in the Digital Literacy Lab.
The Digital Literacy Lab includes specialized equipment that can help you develop new apps, try out new pieces of equipment, digitize family history and more. Orientations are available twice monthly.
Create something awesome in the Maker Space.
The Maker Space in the Central Library has specialized equipment that can help you create something awesome. Access to the space and the equipment is free. However, library guests are usually expected to provide their own materials.
The Maker Space includes:
- 3D Printers
- Laser Engravers
- CNC Router Mills
- Laser Point Vinyl Cutters
- Screen Printers
- Sewing Machines and Sergers
- Soldering Stations
- Audio Lab Recording Station
- General Tool Station (heat guns, knitting needles, pliers, rulers, drawing pencils, artist’s pens, rotary tools, power drills and more)
In order to use the more specialized equipment, you will need to attend a monthly orientation.
Become a learner or a tutor in the Literacy Service.
According to the library website, one in six adults in Tulsa County cannot read well enough to read a prescription label, understand a newspaper article or complete an application. They have a Literacy Service that helps. You can become a learner or a tutor in this free and confidential service.
Your Tulsa Library card unlocks amazing online services!
You can log in to exclusive online services using your library card credentials!
Brainfuse helps job seekers, students and more!
Brainfuse is a powerful app that offers live tutoring, writing labs, educational videos, flashcards and more. The tutoring services cover all topics and grade levels, from Kindergarten through College. They also offer Spanish-speaking tutors.
Adult learners can also use Brainfuse’s career resources, resume writing services, US Citizenship test preparation and more.
It’s all available online! Just log in with your library card credentials.
Learn a new language with Mango.
Mango is a popular and effective online language learning course. Mango usually costs $17.99 per month to use, but you can access this tool for free with your library card!
Achieve new goals with Lynda.com.
With Lynda.com, you can participate in expert-led online courses. Some of the courses award certificates and can be used to build your resume. Lynda.com also features personalized course recommendations, quizzes, project files, offline viewing and more. This service usually costs $29.99 per month, but you get free access with your library card!
Attend hundreds of courses through Universal Class.
Universal Class courses have no college credit, but they are taught by experienced instructors. You can find a class on almost any topic! A Universal Class membership usually costs $59 per month but it’s free with your library card.
Become a master musician with help from Grammy Award winners.
ArtistWorks for Libraries provides music, voice and art instruction. The lessons are self-paced, video lessons. Each lesson is taught by an accomplished, Grammy Award-winning music and art professional.
Stream movies, TV shows and music with your Tulsa Library card.
Although the Tulsa City-County Library has over six million items available for checkout, they also have collections you can browse and download from home!
You can check out eBooks and Audiobooks from CloudLibrary, Freading, Hoopla and OverDrive. Newspapers are available through PressReader and magazines can be found through RBdigital.
Hoopla will let you stream movies, TV shows and music. You can also download free music from Freegal using your library card.
In order to access these digital collections through the Tulsa Library, visit their website.
Find your next favorite at the Tulsa Library.
When you fill out the “Next Great Read” survey, a librarian will evaluate your answers and find a custom reading guide with new finds you might enjoy. You can get started here.
If you enjoy book clubs, the library offers many of those as well!
Summers are more fun at the Tulsa Library.
Your local library system offers food and fun throughout the summer!
On weekdays, all children aged 18 and younger can receive a free meal. Contact the library to know when and where.
While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! You and your children can earn prizes just for reading books or listening to audiobooks. In 2019, the prizes for children include a medal, coupon book and an inflatable space shuttle. Adults can earn a space mug and coupon book also. Read more books to win better prizes! Get the details here.